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Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Awards 2017 conferred

Jan 10, 2017 13:30 IST

The President of India Pranab Mukherjee on 9 January 2017 presented the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Awards 2017 to 30 personalities. The awards were presented during the occasion of the 14th Pravasi Bhartiya Divas held in Bengaluru, Karnataka.

In 2016, it was decided that the Pravasi Bhartiya Divas conventions will be held after an interval of two years. Therefore, the number of awards to be conferred for Pravasi Bhartiya Divas 2017 has been doubled to 30.

For the year 2017, the jury also considered the contribution for achievements on philanthropic investments and charitable work in India and for contribution towards India’s development.

It is for the first time that an Indian woman living in Saudi Arabia was honoured with the Award. Zeenat Musarrat Jafri, along with her husband, set up the first Indian school in Riyadh in 1982. She was awarded for her contribution to the education of the Indian community.

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Complete list of awardees

Serial No.

Name

Country

Field

1

Gorur Krishna Harinath

Australia

Community Service

2

Rajasekharan Pillai Valavoor Kizhakkathil

Bahrain

Business

3

Antwerp Indian Association

Belgium

Community Service

4

Nazeer Ahamed Mohamed Zackiriah

Brunei

Community Service

5

Mukund Bhikhubhai Purohit

Canada

Business

6

Nalinkumar Sumanlal Kothari

Djibouti

Community Service

7

Vinod Chandra Patel

Fiji

Social Service

8

Raghunath Marie Antonin Manet

France

Arts & Culture

9

Lael Anson E. Best

Israel

Medical Science

10

Sandip Kumar Tagore

Japan

Arts & Culture

11

Ariful Islam

Libya

Community Service

12

Tan Sri Dato Dr. Muniandy Thambirajah

Malaysia

Education and Community

Service

13

Pravind Kumar Jugnauth

Mauritius

Public Service

14

Antonio Luis Santos da Costa

Portugal

Public Service

15

Raghavan Seetharaman

Qatar

Business Management

16

Zeenat Musarrat Jafri

Saudi Arabia

Education

17

Singapore Indian Association

Singapore

Community Service

18

Carani Balaraman Sanjeevi

Sweden

Medicine

19

Susheel Kumar Saraff

Thailand

Business

20

Winston Chandarbhan Dookeran

Trinidad & Tobago

Public Service

21

Vasudev Shamdas Shroff

United Arab Emirates

Community Service

22

India Social and Cultural Centre, Abu Dhabi

United Arab Emirates

Philanthropy and Community Service

23

Priti Patel

United Kingdom

Public Service

24

Neena Gill

United Kingdom

Public Service

25

Hari Babu Bindal

USA

Environmental Engineering

26

Bharat Haridas Barai

USA

Community Service

27

Nisha Desai Biswal

USA

Public Affairs

28

Mahesh Mehta

USA

Community Service

29

Ramesh Shah

USA

Community Service

30

Sampatkumar Shidramapa Shivangi

USA

Community Leadership

About the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Awards

The Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award was constituted by the Union Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs.

It is given to honour the contributions of Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) in their respective profession or an organization established and run by the NRIs.

The award is presented by the President of India.

The award was first organized in 2003.

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